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Brian Lee


Has Obama kept his transparency pledge?

After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency. Four years later, did the president keep his promise?


What’s wrong with Congress?

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Back in 2011, we rounded up some of the best stories about the 112th Congress, the least productive in decades. Since then, things seem to have gotten even worse. The 113th Congress is just three weeks old, and 82 percent of Americans already disapprove of it — the highest percentage for [...]


Full text from the United Nations announcing drone inquiry

Statement by Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter- Terrorism and Human Rights concerning the launch of an inquiry into the civilian impact, and human rights implications of the use drones and other forms of targeted killing for the purpose of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. The Special Rapporteur today issued the following statement at a press [...]

Reaching the limit

Should there be limits on the amount of money a patient can be awarded in a malpractice lawsuit?


Everything you need to know about drone strikes

You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia — a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security approach — remain shrouded in secrecy. Here’s our guide to what we know and what we don’t know.


Climate change moves to forefront after inauguration

In his second inaugural address, President Obama suggested it was a religious and patriotic duty to deal with the challenge.